180 Flinders StreetMelbourne VIC Australia
Overlooking Federation Square, the Botanic Gardens and the surrounding laneways, the revitalisation of 180 Flinders Street will create a vibrant precinct that respects the heritage and cultural value of the area.
The overall design response takes its lead from the Ball and Welch building’s prominent heritage facade where the emphasis is on exquisitely crafted detail. Conceptually, we’re using a narrative that talks to the idea of fabric by integrating new architectural elements that appear to shift and move like draped pieces of cloth. These features include fine vertical and horizontal elements that ‘dance’ across the various facades creating a dynamic effect that plays with Federation Square through reflections and glazing.
Above the existing building, an additional five levels will house newly constructed flexible workspaces with a new lobby and light-filled atrium space. The design of the atrium will provide a visual connection with the rear laneways, rising to a vegetated green rooftop and entertainment area with city views.